How to Clear the Clutter from Your Closet this Summer Season

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For many, the hardest part of cleaning your closet is actually getting started. Best-selling author and “one-minute” cleaning and organizing expert, Donna Smallin Kuper, offers the following tips to help you kickoff the summer season by clearing the clutter from your closet, making room for the things you do love and will wear in the coming months!

1. Schedule closet clean-out time. It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 hours to unclutter and organize a typical bedroom closet– but you don’t have to do it all at once! Plan to spend 15 minutes a day. Set a timer on your phone and work quickly.

2. Play dress up. Working in one-foot sections of your clothes rod, try on each item. Ask yourself, “Is it comfortable? Does it make me look and feel good? When will I wear it next?” Rehang if it’s a keeper. If not, it’s probably just taking up space. Designate “donate” and “sell” bins (see tip #7).

3. Aim for a closet that is no more than 75% full. It’s much easier to find what you’re looking for when hangers can move freely along the rod. Consider replacing mismatched hangers with a new set. Look for hangers with swivel heads and “arms” that “hug” clothing to prevent items from slipping off.

4. Say goodbye to wrinkles. Is the reason you haven’t worn that cute top because it’s too wrinkled to wear? Instead of adding it to your already overflowing pile of ironing, simply steam out those wrinkles in a jiff with the Reliable Pronto 100CH portable fabric steamer or new Maven 100IS lightweight steam ironing station!

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5. Maximize vertical space. If you need more hanging space for shorter items, install a shorter second rod that hangs from the first. You can also add 2-3 tension rods at the same height about one foot above the top shelf of your closet to create an instant shelf that will support bins for storing lesser-used items (especially helpful if you have a small apartment and lack storage space!

6. Hang like items together. It’s easier to find what you want if you hang together similar items such as jackets, pants, skirts, dresses, blouses, and so on. If you have a big closet and/or a lot of clothes, organize by color within each category.

7. Turn clutter into cash! Get cash for new spring clothes by taking what you no longer love or wear to a consignment store – or sell them outright at LikeTwice.com or ThredUP.com. Clothing should be like new, still in style (or classic style), clean, and wrinkle-free (the fabric steamer to the rescue!)

8. Maintain a clutter-free closet. Keep a bin in your closet where you can toss items you decide you no longer want. Periodically, donate or sell the contents.

About Donna Smallin Kuper, the “One-Minute” Organizer and Cleaner

Donna Smallin Kuper is a “one-minute” cleaning and organizing expert, Certified House Cleaning Technician and best-selling author of 14 books, including her latest, Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness (Storey, December 2014).

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HGTV Magazine Featured the Steamboy Pro in the June Issue!

The editors at HGTV Magazine asked Donna Smallin Kuper, organizing/cleaning expert and best-selling author, what she uses to keep her kitchen floors clean and she recommended the Steamboy Pro Steam and Scrub Floor Mop!

The June issue is on all major newsstands in North America– pick up a copy today to read the entire “The Cleanest Kitchen in America” story!

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Every Day is Earth Day!

To help celebrate Earth Day, here are 3 things you can do right now to show the planet some love, both today and for the entire year to come:

  • Ditch the paper towels and use dishtowels instead
  • Switch to LED lighting, a low-cost and energy-efficient alternative
  • Invest in reusable grocery bags rather than choosing plastic or paper at the checkout line

Happy Earth Day

 

Get Your Spring Clean On for a Healthier Home: 5 Things Your Mother Never Taught You about Cleaning

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A clean home is a healthy home– unless you’re cleaning it incorrectly, in which case, you might actually be making your home dirtier! Best-selling author and “one-minute” cleaning and organizing expert, Donna Smallin Kuper, offers the following tips to help freshen your home this spring season– and keep it that way!

1. Water cleans as well, if not better, than other “chemical” cleaners. In a University of California-Davis study, it was proven that cleaning with a microfiber cloth and water alone was 99% effective at removing not only soil and grime, but also germs. What most people forget is that water is a chemical. It’s made up of two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen (H2O). De-ionized water or distilled water has a pH of 7, which is neutral, making it the safest choice for cleaning tough dirt from the most delicate of surfaces such as marble.

2. Mop buckets spread dirt and germs. The second you put a dirty mop back into the bucket, you contaminate the water – and you can’t clean with dirty water! Invest in a steam floor cleaner such as the Reliable Steamboy Pro 3-in-1 steam and scrub floor mop. Not only does the Steamboy Pro clean sealed floors and sanitize carpets (perfect tool for freshening your pet’s favorite spot as well as removing fleas), it also simultaneously steams and scrubs tile and grout– without the use of harsh chemicals!

3. Vacuuming more often results in cleaner air. Carpet manufacturers recommend vacuuming once a week for each person living in your home. That means vacuuming four times a week if you’ve got a family of four! At the very least, vacuum high-traffic areas daily and have your carpets deep cleaned every 12 to 18 months to diminish trapped soils. This eliminates not only dust but also allergens from the environment.

4. Steam is your best friend for cleaning. After removing visible soil by brushing, sweeping, dusting, or vacuuming, you still need to get rid of contaminants that are bound to the surface. Steam cleaning combines chemical action from H2O with high-heat reducing the amount of agitation (effort) and time needed to clean any area. The Reliable Pronto 100CH steam cleaner and fabric steamer disinfects surfaces and refreshes fabrics, reducing germs to a safe level and creates a healthier, more hygienic household.

5. Be like a machine with your routine. Professional home cleaners have a system of cleaning that helps them remember what they need to get done by doing it in the same order each time. When entering a room, most cleaners will start top to bottom, left to right, back to front, and center last (or first). Always begin and end your home cleaning with the same rooms. For example, you might clean “dry” rooms such as the living rooms and bedrooms first before moving into “wet” rooms (like the bathroom and kitchen) to help prevent the spread of germs from the latter to the former.

About Donna Smallin Kuper, the “One-Minute” Organizer and Cleaner
Donna Smallin Kuper is a “one-minute” cleaning and organizing expert, Certified House Cleaning Technician and best-selling author of 14 books, including her latest, Clear the Clutter, Find Happiness (Storey, December 2014).

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